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Loyola’s Biever Guest Lecture Series presents veteran travel writer Rolf Potts

Loyola press release - September 22, 2008

Notable travel writer and real-life vagabond Rolf Potts will visit Loyola University New Orleans to speak about his experiences and writings as part of the Biever Guest Lecture Series.

His lecture, titled “Vagabonding: How to Live Abroad by Writing about It,” takes place Wednesday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m., in 332 Bobet Hall, located on Loyola’s main campus.

Potts has reported from more than 50 countries for media such as National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Conde Nast Traveler, Slate.com, the New York Times Magazine, Outside, Islands, The Believer, The Guardian (U.K.) and National Public Radio.

A veteran travel columnist for Salon.com and the Travel Channel’s World Hum, Potts’ adventures have taken him across six continents and include piloting a fishing boat 900 miles down the Laotian Mekong River in Southeast Asia, hitchhiking across Eastern Europe, traversing Israel on foot, bicycling across Burma and driving a Land Rover from Sunnyvale, Calif., to Ushuaia, Argentina.

USA Today calls Potts a “Jack Kerouac for the Internet Age.”

He has published two books titled “Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer” (2008), and “Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel” (2003).

His new Travel Channel special, “American Pilgrim,” which will air prime-time on Thanksgiving Day, explores the travel conditions the Pilgrims faced nearly 400 years ago.

The lecture is sponsored by Loyola’s Department of English in the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, the School of Mass Communication in the College of Social Sciences and the Loyola Center for International Education.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call (504) 861-5882.